PRIMARY USES: To Strengthen Immunity (deficiency), Chronic Colds/Flu, Chemotherapy, HIV
Astragalus has been used for centuries to help keep immune function optimal by restoring, strengthening and increasing vitality (adaptogenic) and it is best for immune deficiency where one gets sick easily or is prone to viral and bacterial infections. It stimulates deep immunity and will excite white blood cells, natural killer, increase T-cell activity, interferon and other immune activity.
The active constituents include polysaccharides (glucans), saponins (astragalosides), flavonoids and phytosterols, all of which contribute to the positive actions of Astragalus. It increases the number of stem cells in bone marrow and lymph tissue and encourages their development into active immune cells. It appears to help trigger immune cells from a “resting” state into heightened activity. It also enhances the body’s production of immunoglobulin and stimulates macrophages.
Using it in between acute episodes in order to boost immunity and avoid frequent acute episodes. It is also indicated for those using antibiotics frequently. Think of it as an herbal flu shot, so take it before the immune season begins, especially for the elderly, the young and the immune suppressed.
Astragalus is the best immune herb for support in chemotherapy, it is an adjunctive cancer therapy. It will help keep white blood cell counts in the normal range and prevent opportunistic infections from occurring. It can also help keep HIV patients immune function in the normal range. It can be taken very long term (3-1 2 months).
CONTRAINDICATIONS AND CAUTIONS: Do not use when acute or sick.
COMPLIMENTARY FORMULAS & SINGLE HERBS:
Echinacea Root (also to build immunity)
lmmuno-Tonic (formula to build immunity)
Respir-Ease (if congested)
Echinacea & Goldenseal Complex (if thick, discolored mucus)
Allerg-Ease/Aller-Calm (if hayfever)
DOSAGE: 20-60 d rops, 2-3 times per day or as needed in juice or water.